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Sony Enters The Cryptocurrency Hardware Market With A New Invention

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The electronics giant Sony is in the latest cryptocurrency news for developing a new and robust technology that according to the company, could help cryptocurrency users to store their assets in a secure way. As the giant said, the technology might be coming soon to stores near you – and the company’s plans are to ‘commercialize’ it as soon as possible.

According to the Japanese tech conglomerate and their official announcement, it was the Computer Science Laboratories division (Sony CSL) which first developed the cryptocurrency hardware wallet that could be used to store Bitcoin and other altcoin tokens in a secure offline environment.

Unlike the common hardware wallets which connect to the PCs or mobile devices via an USB cord, the CSL wallet would store the private keys on a contactless IC card and therefore enable the user to easily sign transactions from the NFC-enabled mobile device.

As the announcement explains:

“This IC card type hardware wallet is small, portable and useful, unlike typical existing hardware wallets that connect to PCs via USB. In addition, it is possible to securely generate and store a private key with a highly reliable tamper-proof module within the IC card.”

The release also notes that the type of wallet card could have “multiple possible applications” such as requiring users to sign a blockchain transaction in order to authorize the use of their personal information.

Earlier this year, Sony applied to patent a system that uses blockchain technology for digital rights management (DRM). With this new announcement, it officially confirms that it may become a big player in the fields of crypto and blockchain.

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5% Of Moscow Residents Who Use Non-Cash Methods Are Open To Using Cryptocurrencies

A new poll went viral in the latest cryptocurrency news, this time carried out in Moscow, the capital of Russia. As Forbes Russia first reported on November 13th, more than five percent of all residents of Moscow that use non-cash payment methods are open to exploring the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Carried out by the Russian payment service Yandex.Money as well as the Moscow Information Technology Department (ITD), the poll surveyed more than 1,000 Moscow residents of various age categories over the phone. The researchers found that among the residents who use non-cash methods, 5% are willing to start using cryptocurrency to pay for their purchases - while 1% already use digital currencies. Among the most common forms of non-cash payments in Russia are bank cards (96%) followed by mobile bank apps (40%), Internet banking (32%) and e-money (16%). The head of the analytics department at ITD, Ivan Buturlin, recently stated that “34 percent of Moscow residents use primarily non-cash methods of payment, wherein 63 percent conduct electronic transactions at least once a day.” When asked why they refrain from using cashless payment systems, about 40% of the respondents pointed to security concerns, 22% of them said they don't want to pay extra fees and 11% said they did not understand how to use the non-cash payment services, while 9% said that they don't know what cashless payment methods are. As the CEO of Yandex.Money summed up following the publish of the results of this survey:
“In order for non-cash payments to penetrate into the lives of a larger number of citizens, people should also change their perception to understand that this is a safe method of payment.”
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Crypto Market Capitalization Has Fallen To A New 2018 Low

The latest news on our DC Forecasts crypto news site clearly show d0wnward movements for both Bitcoin and many altcoins in the market. The prices of major cryptocurrencies have dropped significantly. Currently, Bitcoin is trading at around $5,639 falling by more than 12% on the day and showing big signs of volatility as a leader in terms of market capitalization. Speaking of which, the market cap behind Bitcoin dropped below the $100 billion level for the first time since November 12th last year. In the past 12 hours, the total market capitalization fell from $210 billion to the current $180 billion, depreciating by 15% and leading the market to the lowest value since October 31st of last year. There are many other major cryptocurrencies that are reporting declines in excess of 10% on the day. Some of them are Ethereum, Ripple (XRP) and Bitcoin Cash - the latter of which holds the record for its continuous decline over the past week. What's also important to note is the fact that Ripple (XRP) is now the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap - overcoming Ethereum (ETH) overnight. No one knows if the situation will continue like this. Analysts believe that if a quick bullish run initiates, everyone might be able to 'forget' this sad Thursday for crypto. However, an action like that would force Bitcoin to immediately gain control over $6,000 and altcoins to follow, which is beyond impossible at this moment.
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Crypto Market Suffers From A New $26 Billion Wipeout

In the latest cryptocurrency news, we have a new wipeout that has the crypto market suffering - and being one of the most intense daily sell-offs in all of 2018, where the market lost more than $26 billion in one single day. The price of Bitcoin, which demonstrated a high level of stability over the past 3 months, recorded a 11% drop within 12 hours, which was a decline that brought down many other altcoins and digital assets, triggering downward movements in the entire market. One of them was Bitcoin Cash (BCH) which suffered most yesterday, falling by more than 19% and losing about a fifth of its value. Over the past week, this altcoin has managed to drop by over 50% and lose half of its value against the US dollar and 40% of its value against BTC. The intensity of yesterday's selloff reached a point in which Bitcoin saw its trading volume doubling from $4 billion to $8.1 billion. Even though the volume rarely surpassed the $4 billion margin over the past few months, it now demonstrated a high trading activity because of the selloff. One respected crypto trader and analyst going by the handle DonAlt commented on the latest drop, stating: https://twitter.com/CryptoDonAlt/status/1062687627340587008 The price trend of Bitcoin has played out similarly to the trend that DonAlt laid out and small market cryptocurrencies managed to suffer against both Bitcoin and the US dollar. Throughout the first two quarters of 2018, however, tokens and small market cap assets recorded losses from 40% to 80% against Bitcoin. The recent losses of 15% to 20% managed to bring their total yearly losses to around 95% percent. Bitcoin is now trading at $5,645 - and analysts believe that a quick rally to $6,000 could recover it from this situation.
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The 30% Share Battle: Hundreds Of Crypto Exchanges Compete For Market Share

In the latest digital currency news, we are focusing on cryptocurrency exchanges and a new report that shows that there are over tens of thousands of cryptocurrency exchanges around the globe - and only 187 of them are operational and active. The '2018 Research Report on Cryptocurrency Exchanges' issued by Timestamp Capital also points out the following:
“In a stagnant market, the head effect (a Chinese market concept similar to the 80-20 effect) is now more evident for cryptocurrency exchanges. The top 6 exchanges have over 3 billion in trade volume each and takes up 58.9% of the total trade volume. The top 14 exchanges have over 100 million in daily trade volume and takes up 73% of the total trade volume.”
As we can all conclude from the above mentioned, the rest of the two hundred (or so) cryptocurrency exchanges only have in total - less than 30% of the entire market share. Moreover, the visits to these exchanges are declining month by month, just like the bitcoin and altcoin trading activity. Bloomberg had recently reported that the leading exchange, Coinbase, has been hit hard and that its consumers trading activity has decreased by around 80% compared to last December. According to other statistics from CoinMarketCap, Binance trading volume peaked in January 2018 and has fallen 80% since then.
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